We’re looking for talented graduates to join our Regulatory Policy Graduate Development Programme.
About the Programme
Our dynamic and packed 2 year programme will enable you to use the tools developed in your degree to help us solve problems in the water industry. Our graduate programme will offer a truly versatile role, a huge amount of insight into how a regulator works with excellent training enabling you to create a solid foundation for your career.
Rotating across different areas of work (clusters) you’ll be an important part of a multi-disciplinary team with plenty of opportunities to develop your analytical, communication, drafting, presentation, policy development and stakeholder engagement skills. Your work will be varied, and include drawing insight from data and information, developing policy ideas and proposals, providing advice to help make decisions and engaging with a wide range of internal and external stakeholders.
The work we do is complex and has direct implications for the customers and the environment. You’ll be given the opportunity to demonstrate your potential from the outset and your passion for policy will see you relish the opportunity!
Ofwat (the Water Services Regulation Authority) is the economic regulator of the water and wastewater sectors in England and Wales. Our vision is to improve life through water. We plan to achieve this through:
- ensuring that the sector delivers everyday excellence in delivering water and wastewater services to customers, responding to their changing demand;
- ensuring that companies take long-term stewardship of the environment, their assets and their customer relations;
- ensuring that the industry “adds value”, whether through value for money for customers or adding value to communities and the environment.
We are full speed ahead delivering our 2019 strategy, Time to act, together
, which focuses on bringing our vision to life. So this is an exciting time to join our team and ride the wave!
Ofwat is ambitious about the future and looking for people who can help us to achieve our goals. Our commitment to being a truly diverse and inclusive employer, reflective of the customers and communities we serve, encourages applications from all walks of life. Our aim is to create an environment where colleagues feel comfortable in bringing their whole self to work, where everyone is treated equally, empowered to thrive, and together we achieve our vision of improving life through water.
Who are we looking for?
Engaged and highly motivated individuals committed to making a difference. You’ll find your feet and become effective very quickly in our small, friendly and inclusive organisation. You’ll be empowered by our culture of collaboration, learning and innovation and you’ll be exposed to senior executives and stakeholders early on, giving you the opportunity to raise your profile internally, within the sector, with other regulators and wider government.
Successful candidates will thrive on drilling down into the detail and understand the importance of their contribution to the bigger scope of work, taking pleasure in all aspects of the role, from administration and project management tasks to more complex analytical and policy work. You will interact with internal colleagues as well as external companies and will enjoy engaging with and adapting to various audiences. You will be self-starting, flexible and proactive with the ability to cut through complexity and to communicate detail and insight in simple terms, through your excellent oral and written communication skills. You will be a team player who cares for the well-being of colleagues. You will also be keen to learn and develop your skills.
With a strong academic foundation, an instinct for problem solving and a resilient approach, you will have (or be on target to achieve) at least a 2:2 degree in a numerical, analytical, research, environmental or business related discipline, such as (but not limited to) economics, politics, business management, law, accounting and finance, history, environmental engineering or geography. As this is a graduate programme, we are looking for no more than three years’ policy relevant work experience following your graduation.
What’ on offer?
As a Graduate Associate on our programme, you’ll be employed on a 2 year fixed term contract with a starting salary of £28,000 plus a substantial benefits package including 25 days holiday plus 10 ½ bank holiday and privilege leave days per annum. In addition you will receive an excellent benefits package including exclusive discounts on a range of good and services (retail, theatre, gym membership etc), regular professional development, health and wellbeing initiatives and an excellent civil service pension.
We have offices in Birmingham and London (you’ll be able to express a preference for which) with remote working available. We operate a truly flexible and agile working culture with all of the IT/infrastructure (including a Surface Pro and iPhone) to enable you to work efficiently where and when needed.
Sounds good? We’re looking to appoint this year with an assessment centre will to take place w/c 22 March and a start date of 6 September 2021. The closing date for applications is 23.59 on Sunday 28 February 2021 so don’t miss out!